Coronavirus COVID-19 information

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Given the dynamic and hourly changing global influence of coronavirus COVID-19, Queen’s University’s travel policies will continue to evolve. Check this page regularly for updates.

Recent travellers: All individuals returning from any travel outside of Canada are to self-isolate for 14 days, in accordance with the federal government's Quarantine Act. This advisory is being put in place in order to reduce potential exposure to the community if an individual develops COVID-19 illness, continue to self-isolate and contact your local health care provider. For information on these restrictions and instructions on what to do should you be returning to Canada, with or without symptoms of COVID-19, can be found as part of the Travel Health Notices on the Government of Canada website.

Queen's faculty members and staff must notify their Dean, Department Head, or Manager if they will be unable to work due to these guidelines.

Queen's suspends all university-sponsored travel

On March 12, 2020, Queen’s University suspended all university-sponsored travel outside of Canada indefinitely. The decision was made with guidance from Public Health and Global Affairs Canada. This affects students, staff, and faculty and includes all future exchange, study abroad, letters of permission, faculty-led programs, internships, research placements, community-engaged learning, practicums, and conferences. This suspension also applies to incoming travel by visitors outside of Canada coming to Queen’s. 

Please consult the Office of the Associate Vice Principal International website or email for further information. Given the current situation in the United Kingdom, the University is not applying this restriction to the Bader International Study Centre.  It remains operational and programs will continue. The University is monitoring the situation daily and with new information, this directive could change. Any decision will be communicated to the community immediately.

For students, staff, and faculty currently abroad on university-sponsored travel, you should work with your faculty/administrative offices. In addition, Queen’s international offices in your faculty or school are working closely with our international partners, program coordinators, and academic units to support them in either staying or planning for possible return. If you plan to engage in personal travel, check for Travel Health Notices on the Government of Canada website to learn if you need to use special precautions or avoid non-essential travel.

In line with government and public health advisories, the university strongly suggests careful decision-making by all members of the community regarding personal travel. The risk of travel disruption is significant; you may find yourself placed in quarantine where you are visiting, and you will be required to self-isolate or be quarantined for 14 days upon return.

Faculty members, students and staff who work in health care settings may be required to observe more stringent travel restrictions due to the vulnerability of patient populations and the need to protect critical health provider resources. Check with your hospital and/or the Faculty of Health Sciences for their current policy on travel.

Students who have had travel impacted by university travel restrictions should contact their travel provider to determine if financial relief is available for cancelled or changed itineraries.

Faculty researchers are urged to visit the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) website for an update on tri-agency travel cancellations.

For travel advisories pertaining to students at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), please visit the BISC website.

Public Health Updates

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Keep abreast of the latest news by:

Questions? Visit KFL&A Public Health's COVID-19 website.

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